Beer Review: STONE REVENGEFUL SPIRIT IMPERIAL IPA

Beer Review: STONE REVENGEFUL SPIRIT IMPERIAL IPA

Stone Revengeful Spirit Imperial IPA pours from the 12oz can into a stemless snifter, revealing a deep golden color. However, the initial clarity is short-lived, as a substantial amount of yeast sediment emerges during the pour, clouding up the beer significantly. While the original Vengeful Spirit leaned towards the New England-style/hazy IPA, this imperial version lacks the same visual appeal.

Aroma

Upon opening, Revengeful Spirit presents a pungent aroma of overripe fruit, reminiscent of orange section gummy candies and orange Twizzlers. Despite being canned less than a month ago, there’s a questionable scent that leans towards the stale side. Whether this is attributed to potential heat damage during transit or other factors, it raises concerns about the beer’s freshness and quality.

Taste

The flavor profile of Revengeful Spirit diverges significantly from its fruited predecessor, the original Vengeful Spirit. Instead of the anticipated fruitiness, the taste is dominated by chalky, dusty notes. The heightened bitterness and alcohol levels further overpower the relatively thin body of the beer. The absence of the sweetness that enhanced the pineapple and mandarin flavors in the original version leaves Revengeful Spirit struggling to retain its identity as a fruit IPA. The inclusion of sediment flavors, notably slate and chalk, dulls the overall experience, making it challenging to associate this brew with the vibrant fruit category.

Mouthfeel

The mouthfeel of Revengeful Spirit is impacted by its low body, accentuating the chalky and dusty qualities. The rough bitterness and increased alcohol levels contribute to a less-than-desirable drinking experience. Despite attempts to experiment with a double version, the beer fails to strike a harmonious balance, leaving a lingering impression of heaviness.

Overall

Stone set out to create a bolder iteration of Vengeful Spirit with Revengeful Spirit Imperial IPA, but the execution falls short. The absence of the original’s fruit character, coupled with the intrusion of chalky sediment, rough bitterness, and high alcohol content, diminishes the beer’s appeal. Priced at the higher end of the retail spectrum, at $17 per 6-pack, the value proposition is questionable. For consumers seeking a tropical, fruit-forward IPA, this release may disappoint. Given the drawbacks and the market demand for more enjoyable fruit IPAs, the recommendation here is to skip Revengeful Spirit.

Similar Beers

In the realm of actual whole fruit addition IPAs, Revengeful Spirit faces tough competition. Stone’s own Tangerine Express stands out as a better option on store shelves, showcasing a more balanced and enjoyable fruit profile. With hopes for the return of the original Vengeful Spirit and other Stone fruit IPAs, Revengeful Spirit struggles to compete in terms of overall satisfaction and flavor dynamics.